By: E&P Staff
The corpse of a one-eyed kitten known as “Cyclops” that inspired wide speculation last December–freak or fake?–has been sold to a creatonist’s new museum of oddities in New York.
The museum founder, John Adolfi of Granby, N.Y., said the kitten was put briefly on earth to spark a debate about how science and religion intersect. He would not say how much he paid for it.
What he will call the Lost World Museum will open in nearby Phoenix, N.Y. this autumn.
An E&P story about the one-day like of the kitten, denounced as a hoax by many at first but apparently the real thing, drew wide attention.
Traci Allen, the Oregon woman who owned the kitten, said she turned down at offer from Ripley’s Believe it or Not! to sell it to Adolfi because she liked his reasons for wanting them.
“We didn’t want Cy becoming a joke or part of a personal collection,” Allen told The Post-Standard in Syracuse. “But John was so heartfelt, you could tell he was genuine and sincere.”
Adolfi said he plans to have the kitten embalmed at a local funeral home.
Veterinarians in Oregon said it suffered from a rare disorder called holoprosencephaly.